McCain’s campaign is in high spirits today. They point to this NY Times account in which Romney doesn’t recall his excuse for not weighing in on the efficacy of the surge while he was governor. Their point: Romney needs advisors to tell him what to do on foreign affairs. Romney responds with this memo citing his support of the Surge but leaves out of course the “apparently” duel with McCain in a debate in which Romney appeared to be leaving wiggle room. There was also this strange appearance on ABC Good Morning America in which he seemed to suggest a “secret” withdrawal date would be a good idea. But the better news for camp McCain is this poll which shows him leading in NH. However, maybe the oddest Romney comment of the day is his alleged unawareness of the amount he’s kicked into his own campaign war chest. I imagine it must be jaw dropping and dwarfs the $8M last quarter. That news will have to wait most likely until after the NH and Iowa votes when the inevitable “he’s trying to buy the election” carping will be heard.
UPDATE: Another rival camp finds the Romney cluelessness on the amount he contributed to his campaign too much to bear: “Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, Mitt Romney proves just how utterly ridiculous his campaign has become. The same guy who claims to be the world’s finest manager (which he thinks makes up for not knowing anything about foreign policy) has lost count of how many millions he has contributed to his own campaign? I mean, really. Any shred of credibility Romney had after changing every position he has ever held is now gone.” UPDATE 2: Jonathan Martin does a smart summary of the Romney reversal from Bush distancer to Bush embracer. And news media continue to make McCain’s arguments for him — for free.